BABSON PARK, Mass.—Senior Tommy Munichiello (Weymouth, Mass.) and first-year Matt Wiesner (Newport Beach, Calif.) both scored twice to help Babson College defeat the University of Southern Maine, 6-4, in New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) men's ice hockey action on Saturday afternoon at the Babson Skating Center.
With the win, Babson improves to 2-0-1 overall and 1-0-1 in league play, while Southern Maine dips to 0-2-0 overall and in the NEHC.
Sophomore Nick Rosa (Birmingham, Mich.) and first-year Mike Egan (Billerica, Mass.) both finished with a goal and two assists for the Beavers. Senior Stevie DeForge (Norwood, Mass.), juniors Ryan McDougall (Milton, Mass.) and Josh Beck (Scituate, Mass.) and sophomore Christian Faggas (Norwood, Mass.) all recorded an assist in the win. Senior goaltender Matt Pompa stopped 28 shots to improve to 2-0-0.
Junior Cody Braga (Middleboro, Mass.), who had a goal and an assist, classmates Colin Merrill (Portland, Maine) and Mark Tomashek (Toms River, N.J.) and first-year Michael Green (Baie d'Urfa, Quebec) all scored for the Huskies. Sophomore Michael Taormina (Plymouth, Mass.) nd first-year Adam Withers (Kenora, Ontario) both contributed two assists, while junior netminder Paul Leger (Blainville, Quebec) turned away 29 shots.
The Green and White went in front 1-0 on Rosa's goal 3:17 into the contest, and then scored twice in just over two minutes late in the period to build a three-goal advantage. Wiesner scored on a wraparound shot at 13:24 and Egan followed with his third tally of the year at 15:32. Southern Maine answered back 13 seconds later on Tomashek's first goal of the season to make it 3-1 heading to the intermission.
Munichiello scored the first of his two goals 6:43 into the second period, and then followed a power play strike by Merrill late in the period with a power play tally of his own 30 seconds into the third to make it 5-2. Wiesner added his second goal of the night less than three minutes later to give Babson a 6-2 advnatage with 16:42 remaining.
Braga notched his first goal of the season at the 9:44 mark and Green scored with less than three minutes to go to bring the Huskies within 6-4. Southern Maine pulled Leger with 2:03 left but Pompa made three late saves to preserve the win.
The Beavers finished with a 35-32 edge in shots and went 1-for-5 on the power play. Southern Maine was 1-for-4 on the afternoon with the man-advantage.
Both teams return to action on Friday night as Babson hosts Castleton, while Southern Maine takes on Johnson & Wales in its home opener.
• The Beavers are 29-8-1 all-time against Southern Maine and have won 15 straight games in the series going back to 2013.
• Babson has scored on the power play in five consecutive games going back to last year.
• The Green and White is unbeaten in its last six home games (5-0-1) going back to last January.